Six Weeks to Socrates - A Six-week Intensive

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 4:00pm to Monday, April 13, 2020 - 4:00pm

>> The first class has already taken place. However, you can still register and recieve the recording of the first class.  <<

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>> Attendees will receive an email the afternoon of the first class with instuctions for accessing the course. << 

Course Meetings

Mondays, March 9 - April 13, 4:00-5:30EDT

Course Description

Socratic teaching is one of the hallmarks of classical education. The classical teacher teaches Socratically. We read books and attend workshops on Socratic teaching as part of our training to make that happen. What is Socratic teaching, though? How do you do it? How do you do it well? How do you assess it? Does it look different between a single teacher and a single student than it does between a teacher and a classroom of students? 

In this six-week course, Matthew Bianco will introduce Socratic teaching as it was modeled for us by Plato through the character of Socrates. Not just a class on the theory and philosophy of Socratic teaching, this class will give a practical guide to teaching like Socrates. It will cover 

  • The prerequisites
  • The stages 
  • How to begin a lesson
  • The tools of the dialogue
  • How to end a lesson
  • How to assess a lesson

This course is geared primarily toward teachers, parents, and anyone interested in Socratic dialogue, the dialectic, and group discussions. 


• Week 1: Prerequisites & Stages  (March 9th, 2020)
• Week 2: Beginning, Definitions, & Whys (March 16th, 2020)
• Week 3: Circumstances, Parts and Wholes, & Success Factors (March 23rd, 2020)
• Week 4: Knowns, Analogy of Negation, & Analogy of Affirmation (March 30th, 2020)
• Week 5: Irony, Displacement, & Ending (April 6th, 2020)
• Week 6: Assessment & Rubrics (April 13th, 2020)

Note: Classes will be held on Monday afternoons, from 4:00-5:30 pm (EDT).

Books referred to in the course (Amazon link): 

This book is not required, but it does contain all of the dialogues that are referenced in the course, and it uses the same translations as are referenced in the course.

Plato: Complete Works edited by J.M. Cooper